Rainforest Rev: What Makes Google Great?

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News on growing ecosystems for innovation and entrepreneurship


What makes ecosystems thrive? Learn powerful insights on entrepreneurship, technology and innovation.

Gain useful tools on designing economic systems at the Global Innovation Summit. We have engaging and impactful speakers, thoughtful and practical agenda, and a stimulating Global Innovation Week with events hosted by many organizations. Click here to host your own event. Last early bird discount ends next week! Register before December 31 and get 10% off.





The Rhetoric Of Innovation

By Henry Doss, Chief Strategy Officer of T2 Venture Creation, from Forbes
When we speak about innovation, we are speaking about states of being, of system conditions, of potential.  The language of innovation is a language about culture, and for this reason, it must be a language of narrative, stories and tales. Read more here.


What Makes Google Great? Understanding The Difference Between Bounded and Unbounded Complexity Problems

Kevin Ready, a friend of T2 Venture Creation, from Forbes
Google has been masterful at giving its customers what they want, instead of engineering products it thinks they should want. Google does this by solving complex issues that defy easy quantification through a series of actions that test hypotheses in order to approach greater certainty. Read more here.


Michael Bloomberg: Cities Drive Innovation

CNN Money
Urban centers are increasingly engines of innovation, combining creative thinking, hard data, and adept implementation. Read more here.




‘Strange Bedfellows’ Create Boutique-Hotel Chain Edition

The Wall Street Journal
Managers at established hotels are butting heads with rebellious creators they’ve brought in — who often have very different visions for the brand. And that’s exactly what the hotels want, understanding that a diversity of ideas produces the most innovative results. Read more here.


Examining the Connections within the Startup Ecosystem: A Case Study of St. Louis

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
The study focuses on the startup ecosystem in St. Louis. While the region isn’t well-known as an entrepreneurial hub, its business landscape has undergone a substantial transformation in recent years. Both the public and private sectors have invested heavily in promoting entrepreneurship, and many new entrepreneurship support organizations have launched in the last few years. Read more here.


Enhancing Access: Assessing the Funding Landscape for MENA’s Startups

Wamda Research Lab
While there are a growing number of funding opportunities and resources for entrepreneurs in Middle East and North Africa, there are still significant constraints to obtaining capital including accessing larger funding sizes, diversifying funding sources, skills gaps and communicating with investors. Read more here.


‘Educational Ecosystem’ is Driving Philadelphia Entrepreneurship

Philadelphia Business Journal
The City of Brotherly Love’s academic anchor institutions are behind the city’s startling startup success. Read more here.




Application deadline is December 31, 2014. 

We seek the world’s top companies and organizations that enable the super-linear growth of the ecosystems around them. They must catalyze the ideals of connectivity, openness, diversity, and trust that are essential to the innovation process. They must nurture the success of others.  Rather than a simple “Best Of” list, where one focuses solely on the entity itself, we are looking at what the entity does to catalyze more activity around itself.  We seek to reward those entities that create multiplier effects beyond themselves, that catalyze the growth of entire ecosystems.

Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Connections: does the company/organization connect people that are otherwise disconnected in meaningful, productive ways?
  • Platform: does the company/organization lower the cost of doing business across an entire system?
  • Culture: does the company/organization foster trust in the community, industry or society?
  • Motivations: does the company/organization demonstrate social responsibility or sustainable, systematic impact?
  • Team: how does the company/organization collaborate with employees, advisors, suppliers, distributors and other partners?


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